'Given that the president took a question from a CNN reporter in his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation news conference just a day earlier, maybe he was letting off steam today rather than expressing an official stance toward a news organization's ability to report, but saying a news organization isn't real doesn't change the facts and won't stop us from doing our jobs, ' she said.
Trump went on the offensive after NBC's White House correspondent Kristen Welker asked a question about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the upcoming summit in Helsinki, Finland.
"Can I ask you a question", Acosta continued. "Let's go to a real network", Trump said, shutting down Acosta. "To issue a blanket condemnation of the network as "fake news" is ... unfair".
"Trump even mentioned because of that Sun "fake news" article as he called it, he apologized to Teresa May and said so at the press conference and she took it very lightly and said, 'oh, it's the press, "' DeLay said.
Trump ignored him, calling on a Fox News correspondent instead.
"Well, we're a real network, too, Mr. President", Acosta replied. Margaret Talev, president of the White House Correspondents Association, said that "asking smart, tough questions, whether in a presidential press conference or interview, is central to the role a free press plays in a healthy republic".
The network's news site, FoxNews.com, avoided mentioning Trump's labeling of the Sun interview in its account of the news conference. Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" promised the show would fact-check the session live, much as it had done the day before following a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting. There was no indication whether the live fact-check was considered a failed experiment, or whether it would be repeated on "Morning Joe" or any other show.
In his interview with The Sun, Trump slammed May over her "soft" Brexit plan, which has put May's standing as the head of the Conservative Party in jeopardy.
The Sun had already published audio recordings of key parts of the interview. "I wish they'd put it in the headline". "Fortunately we tend to record stories now so we have it for your enjoyment if you would like it". "Of course it happens to be NBC - which is possibly worse than CNN". "We stand by our reporting and the quotes we used - including those where the President was positive about the Prime Minister, in both the paper and in our audio - and we're delighted that the President essentially retracted his original charge against the paper later in the press conference". "You see, that is such dishonest reporting", Trump said.
Roberts said, "I know Kristen Welker of NBC".
Mason took it off and asked his question.